February 28, 2010

Bulldogs Split A Pair Of Road Matches

MATCH RESULTS - Butler 4, Toledo 3
MATCH RESULTS - Western Michigan 7, Butler 0

The Butler men's tennis team split a pair of tough road matches over the weekend. The Bulldogs defeated Toledo, 4-3, Saturday before losing a 7-0 match at Western Michigan on Sunday.

BU (4-6) started the weekend by pulling out a gutsy 4-3 win at Toledo. After winning two of three doubles matches for a 1-0 lead, junior Brandon Bayliss (No. 4 singles), junior Lenz Theodor (No. 5) and sophomore Zach Ervin (No. 6) each picked up wins to offset a strong top of the lineup for the Rockets. 

"This was a solid win on the road. It was a long trip and the courts were quick, but the depth of our team came through with everyone contibuting to the win," head coach Jason Suscha said. "We will keep working to get better each match."

On Sunday, Butler fell short of Midwest power Western Michigan. The highlight of the day came at No. 1 doubles, where senior Ben Raynauld and junior Bryce Warren picked up an 8-6 win. Raynauld also saw the most success in singles play, playing well before falling in three sets at No. 2 singles.

Butler's next match is Saturday, March 6 at Michigan State, marking the fifth Big Ten dual match opponent for the Bulldogs this season.